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A Comparative Study of Marriage Equality in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan
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Due to unexpected increase of enquiry about tomorrow's 4:30pm seminar on 'A Comparative Study of Marriage Equality in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan', the venue has been moved to a larger capacity: CPD-2.58, 2/F, Centennial Campus, HKU. We look forward to sharing with you! Here is a visual route to the new venue.

明天下午4:30pm的'A Comparative Study of Marriage Equality in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan'講座,場地改為香港大學百周年校園樓CPD-2.58室;我們特別為您準備了路線圖.

Marriage equality has been at the forefront of media attention in East Asian societies. In March 2015, Shibuya ward in Japan allowed same-sex couples to register as partners, thereby minimizing the chances of LGBT persons being denied hospital visitation rights and housing. In Taiwan, a lesbian wedding was officiated by a Buddhist nun at a monastery in 2012. Registration of same-sex couples in 11 counties of Taiwan have begun even though it is symbolic rather than legal, as civil law stipulates that only a man and a woman can lawfully marry. Hong Kong, on the other hand, has the least legal protection for LGBT persons. In 2012, a public consultation on the enactment of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance was voted down by the Legislative Council. Yet, the Immigration Department has to face the issue of same-sex marriages registered abroad as expatriates bring their same-sex partners to work in Hong Kong.

Our comparative study examines the discourse and understanding of same-sex marriage among gay and lesbian couples across three Asian societies. Our study explores the reasons, motivations and expectations for gays and lesbians in getting registered as same-sex couples. We examine the role of the state to govern gay and lesbian persons through registration of couples or marriage. Project funded by the Sumitomo Foundation (Grant No. 158038).

Diana Khor is Professor in the Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hosei University in Japan. She received her B. Soc. Sc. and M.Phil. in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. Her teaching and research focus on gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity.

Chen Yi-Chien is Professor in the Graduate Institute for Gender Studies, Shih-Hsin University in Taiwan. She received her LL.M. and J.S.D. at Cornell Law School and a second LL.M at Heidelberg University in Germany. Areas of specialization include men and feminism, comparative law and cultural studies, gender/sexuality and law. She is actively involved in the Awakening Foundation.

Denise Tse-Shang Tang is Assistant Professor in Sociology at HKU. She is the author of Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life. Her articles have been published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and Media, Culture & Society. Research interests include ageing and older lesbians, Hong Kong-Taiwan migration studies.

Date/Time26/05/2017 16:30-18:00
VenueCPD-2.58, 2/F, Centennial Campus, HKU

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